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Sep 4, 2007 03:52 PM

Red Strips at Taco Bell

Recently on a family trip, we found ouselves at the Taco bell drive - thru.
Only our second visit, we did not have a bad experience last time, okay we were famished... the 99 cent chicken wrap thing with ranch dressing was'nt too bad.
We asked a lot of questions, and I ordered a chicken salad bowl.
The woman kept asking if I wanted " red strips " since I told her to hold the beans.

" Red strips " were not red bell peppers that I thought they would be but
red died and thin cut tortilla strips !
They did add some crunch, but .....

What do you guys think of the chicken ?
It kind of has the texture & flavor of pressed chicken served on airlines...
what exactly is it ??

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  1. The chicken at Taco Bell taste to me like what I imagine chicken marinated in lemon Mr. Clean would taste like. It has a weird, unpleasant lemon taste to me ... maybe it is the Ammonium.

    What is it exactly? From the Taco Bell site's pdf file of nutrional ingrediants

    "Chicken, Southwest
    Chicken Breast Meat With Rib Meat, Water, Seasoning [Salt, Maltodextrin, Spices, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper,Paprika, Onion Powder, Carrageenan, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Natural Flavoring, Mixed Triglycerides, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup Solids, Yeast Extract, Alginates (Sodium, Calcium And/or Ammonium), Cellulose, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate Used To Protect Quality, Not More Than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added To Prevent Caking, Soybean Oil], Modified Food Starch, Sodium Phosphates"

    And that is actually a less scary ingrediant list than what McDonald's puts in the chicken.

    You have to appreciate the statement .... "Sodium Benzoate Used To Protect Quality"

    Oddly enough, those red strips are one of the least processed items on the menu.

    Taco Bell ... think outside the bun ... think outside of the food chain ... think laboratory.

    Though, to be fair, heh, they are about the same ingrediant-wise as most fast food chains.

    Hmmm ... looking at the pdf file ... TB sells caramel apple empanadas? Anyone tried one? I might have to block the ingrediant list from memory and give one a try.

    2 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      Re: TB sells caramel apple empanadas? Anyone tried one?

      My 8 year old daughter loves them but... I won't touch half the stuff she'll eat. Her grandmother has done a mighty fine job of corrupting her tastebuds. *sigh*

      1. re: summeranne

        My husband and I LOVE the empanadas... they are ooey-gooey fabulous.